Ru­ral women lead way to vot­ing

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - Avanin­dra Mishra

Jaipur: Women from vil­lages of Ra­jasthan stood ahead of their ur­ban coun­ter­parts in ex­er­cis­ing their right to vote dur­ing the 2018 state As­sem­bly elec­tions. Nearly, 74.66 per cent of women and 73.80 per cent of male vot­ers have cast their votes for the state polls. As the fi­nal voter turnout was de­clared by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Satur­day, fe­male vot­ers were lead­ing in per­cent­age in most ru­ral con­stituen­cies.

Ur­ban ar­eas have lagged be­hind ru­ral con­stituen­cies in terms of vot­ing per­cent­age and had com­par­a­tively higher par­tic­i­pa­tion from male vot­ers.

A total of 4,74,37,761 vot­ers in the state in­clude 1,69,58,506 fe­male and 1,82,45,723 male cit­i­zens. Of the total pop­u­la­tion, 3,52,04,304 peo­ple, which is nearly 74.21 per cent, have cast their votes at polling on Fri­day. This was nearly one per cent less than the record voter turnout reg­is­tered in the last state elec­tions.

Fe­male vot­ers have con­tin­ued to hold the top end of vote per­cent­age. The dif­fer­ence is more ob­vi­ous in the dis­tricts of Shekhawati re­gion. The per­cent­age of fe­male elec­tors cast­ing votes as com­pared to their male coun­ter­parts was on an av­er­age 5 per cent higher in all 21 con­stituen­cies in the dis­tricts of Sikar, Churu and Jhun­jhunu. The dif­fer­ence was more than 10 per cent in Man­dawa, Jhun­jhunu (79.50 per cent fe­male and 67.32 per cent male) and Lach­man­garh, Sikar (79.51 per cent fe­male and 68.86 per cent male).

The gen­der di­vide was also ob­vi­ous at dis­trict level. The cap­i­tal dis­trict of Jaipur, which reg­is­tered 74.45 per cent voter turnout, saw a higher par­tic­i­pa­tion of male vot­ers as 75.07 per cent of them turned out to vote com­pared to 73.76 per cent women.

How­ever, it was mostly ur­ban seats of Civil Lines, Jhot­wara, Hawa Ma­hal, Kis­han­pole, Adarsh Na­gar, Malviya Na­gar and San­ganer where women lagged be­hind. While Kot­putli, Vi­rat Na­gar, Shah­pura and other ru­ral seats had women vot­ers in lead.

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